*This workshop is scheduled for June 2020, by which time a ramp and elevator should have been completed to make the Atwater Library fully accessible. There is also an accessible washroom on the level where the workshop will be offered.*
All are welcome; writers with disabilities are warmly encouraged to attend. Limited to 12 participants.
This workshop will spend time on poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction, focusing on convening writers with disabilities and our allies. Selected texts and exercise prompts will draw attention to experiences of body and mind, and encourage expanding vocabularies to narrate and lyricize embodied and cognitive states. You don’t have to have focused before on creative writing work, as long as you commit to participating, and have some experience of sharing for feedback pieces of yours in other art mediums, such as music, pottery, or comedy performance. There will be room for a diversity of attendees, with different experiences of writing and feedback exchange, to feel able to valuably engage.
We will explore not just personal experiences via writing passages, but also writing in relationship to each other, and the resonances of our texts layering into a growing collective body of knowledge. What might our body-minds know in common, those considered able and typical, and those that vary and diverge? We’ll draw on accessible frameworks like Poetry for the People, the Amherst Writers & Artists Method, exquisite corpse, haibun, and other verse models to improvise from. Students will generate individual poetry, short fiction and non-fiction pieces, and have the chance to compose in pairs or triads, and to share from new drafts with the group.
Advance reading, to be discussed during the workshop:
https://samizdatpress.typepad.com/hal_magazine_issue_twelve/my-arrival-at-crip-by-sandra-alland-1.html on “Poetic Histories of Disability, Neurodivergence and Illness in Tkaronto/Taranton/Toronto, 1995-2007.”
(Note: there is a small “FORWARD” link at the bottom of each page to advance pages.)
(Note: references to abuse, graphic references to sex and medical crisis.)
Each should take approximately twenty minutes to read.
Please ask if you have questions about participating, at squesting(at)yahoo(dot)com; I can respond by email or call.